Instructor & PhD Candidate



I am currently finishing my Dissertation as part of the process of earning my PhD in Economics in the fields of Public Policy, International Trade, Political Economy, and Regional Economics at Colorado State University. I have worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in charge of recitation planning and grading for approx. 90 students per semester and now have completed more almost three years as a special appointment instructor at Colorado State University teaching Principles of Macroeconomics, Public Policy, Money & Banking, History of Economic Thought, and Gender and the Economy. My past experience has involved interviewing executive level managers at Fortune 500 companies researching different aspects of "Good Companies" as a research assistant for McBassi and Company. My current work includes research into grandparent childcare subsidies for low income families, the effect of the 2008 recession and Medicare Part D on grandparent childcare arrangements. For these research ideas I have invested time in learning Excel, R, and STATA as well as LaTex for report writting.

First Generation Story

Starting out, I was born into a family that lived well below the poverty line. I can remember when I was nine years old having Thanksgiving dinner at a local food shelter and receiving Christmas presents from our local church. My childhood poverty was something that would forever shape my view of the world. My mother, a single mom, was a blue collar assembly line worker who worked more than fifty hours a week only to see her wages fail to meet our most basic of needs. Therefore, from the age of twelve my brother and I worked full-time to help her pay the bills. Since that time, working full-time has been a constant feature in my life. In spite of all this, I did not neglect my academic responsibilities. At 21, a near fatal car accident forced me to reassess my life. As a result of this, I decided I would return to school after a three year hiatus in order to pursue my one true passion, learning. I took two semesters of classes, paid for out of my own pocket before a new chapter in my life challenged my resolve. As if God was testing my resolve, I learned with unparalleled excitement that I was soon to be a father. Many would have stopped school on the pretense that they could not be both parent and a student under my financial circumstances at the time. I, however, persevered and ultimately received my associate’s degree in business from Front Range Community College-all while raising a young daughter. I then continued on to the University of Northern Colorado, from which I earned my bachelor’s degree in economics in May of 2011. With the encouragement of my professors and advisors, I decided in the fall of 2009 to begin preparations for the pursuit of a graduate degree in economics, with a specialization in labor economics. I was advised that in order to effectively prepare, I needed more math classes. I decided to spend an extra academic year at UNCO to acquire a math minor.  My urge to earn a doctorate in economics and to go on to work in the public sector as a labor economist or the academic sector as an economics professor has never been more palpable. If anything stands out in this narrative, it is the fact that in spite of challenges, I have always worked hard to achieve the goals that I have set for myself. Additionally, it shows that I am not one who would quit any pursuit within which I have invested myself.